Magazine article Screen International

Fleifel to Kick off Oscar Bid on Aflamnah

Magazine article Screen International

Fleifel to Kick off Oscar Bid on Aflamnah

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Danish-Palestinian filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel is set to launch a crowd-funding campaign on Dubai-based platform Aflamnah this January to finance a 2015 Oscar race bid with his award-winning documentary A World Not Ours.

The documentary, a humorous account of life in the Ein el-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, has won a slew of awards since premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.

It is not eligible, however, for Oscar consideration because it has not been released in New York and Los Angeles as per the regulations of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

"The big question is, can a Palestinian film win an Oscar?" said Fleifel.

"My film has suffered a lot because people keep saying we've just had 5 Broken Cameras," he continued, referring to Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's work which was Oscar short-listed last year.

"My film is the antithesis of that film. I really wanted to break away from all the stereotypes tha the film, in my opinion, plays on: the victimised voiceover, the oud playing, burning olive trees. …

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